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Monday, November 19, 2007

A Few NFL Thoughts

1. I happened to be watching the Ravens/Browns game and its bizarre non-ending. For those not watching, Cleveland attempted a 51-yard FG as time was expiring to try to tie the game. The ball hit the left upright, hit the stanchion holding up the goal posts, and then bounced back on the field. The officials called the FG no good, and the Ravens celebrated. I was watching and thought the rule was (or at least should be) that if it hits the stanchion (which is behind the uprights), the kick should be good. In fact, that is the rule. After much debate, the kick was correctly ruled good, and the Browns won in OT.

What was weird was learning that this play was not reviewable via instant replay. If you have replay, this call is tailor made for review as there is likely to be no ambiguity (and there wasn't any here). Luckily, they made the right call, and whether they actually used replay (the officials claimed they didn't) will remain a mystery. I imagine this rule will be quickly changed.

2. If I were an NFL GM, I would immediately sign Drew Bledsoe and have him start. Then bench him. The last two times this happened, the results were Brady and Romo. Like about half the league (if not more) couldn't take a chance that this would happen a third time.

3. Speaking of Brady, wow. I mean every week is just another clinic by the Pats, and if the Steelers, the supposed biggest roadblock to perfection, can't beat the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!, then Don Shula better be might worried. (Oh, the irony of the Pats going 16-0 while the Dolphins go 0-16.)


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